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| battle_name = Battle of the Blackwater
 
| battle_name = Battle of the Blackwater
 
| conflict = [[War of the Five Kings]]
 
| conflict = [[War of the Five Kings]]
 
| date = {{Date|299}}
 
| date = {{Date|299}}
| place = [[King's Landing]] / Mouth of the Blackwater
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| place = mouth of the [[Blackwater Rush]] and [[King's Landing]]
| result = Decisive victory for [[Joffrey Baratheon|King Joffrey]]
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| result = Decisive victory for [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]
 
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| combatant1 = The Stormlords, houses sworn to [[Dragonstone]], <br> some houses of [[the Reach]], <br> Lysene sellsails
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| combatant2 = [[File:House Baratheon (Dragonstone).svg|33px]] '''[[House Baratheon of Dragonstone]]:'''<br>
| combatant2 = [[City Watch of King's Landing|The City Watch]], <br> Western army, <br> Most houses of [[the Reach]], <br> some houses of the Stormlords
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| commander1 = [[Stannis Baratheon]] <br> [[Alester Florent]] <br> [[Imry Florent]] <br> [[Guyard Morrigen]]
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[[Crownlands]]
| commander2 = [[Tywin Lannister]] <br> [[Tyrion Lannister]](WIA)<br>[[Garlan Tyrell]]
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*[[House Bar Emmon]]{{ref|asos|75}}
| strength1 = 200 ships with landing party<br> 20,000 army
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*[[House Celtigar]]{{ref|acok|65}}
| strength2 = 50 ships <br> 6,800 city defenders <br> 80,000 Lannister-Tyrell reinforcements
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*[[House Chyttering]]{{ref|asos|10}}
| casualties1 = Most of the fleet, <br> 47 lesser lordlings <br> 619 knights and several thousand men-at-arms, <br> ground army scattered or switched sides{{Ref|aSoS|19}}
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*[[House Farring]]{{ref|affc|Appendix}}{{ref|adwd|3}}
| casualties2 = Most of the fleet, <br> 1600 Gold Cloaks killed or deserted <br>, ground forces casualties unknown
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*[[House Follard]]{{ref|adwd|44}}
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*[[House Massey]]{{ref|adwd|7}}
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*[[House Velaryon]]{{ref|asos|25}}
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[[Stormlands]]
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*[[House Bolling]]{{ref|affc|44}}
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*[[House Buckler]]{{ref|adwd|44}}
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*[[House Caron]]{{ref|acok|65}}
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*[[House Connington]]{{ref|acok|65}}
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*[[House Errol]]{{ref|acok|42}}
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*[[House Estermont]]{{ref|acok|52}}{{ref|acok|57}}
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*[[House Fell]]{{ref|affc|Appendix}}{{ref|adwd|17}}
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*[[House Gower]]{{ref|asos|54}}
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*[[House Grandison]]{{ref|adwd|44}}
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*[[House Hasty]]{{ref|acok|65}}{{ref|asos|Appendix}}{{ref|affc|27}}
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*[[House Horpe]]<ref name=TWOW>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'', [[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]</ref>
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*[[House Mertyns]]
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*[[House Morrigen]]{{ref|acok|52}}{{ref|acok|62}}
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*[[House Peasebury]]{{ref|adwd|42}}
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*[[House Penrose]]
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*[[House Seaworth]]{{ref|acok|58}}{{ref|asos|5}}
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*[[House Selmy]]
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*[[House Staedmon]]{{ref|acok|65}}
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*[[House Wensington]]{{ref|asos|75}}
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*[[House Wylde]]{{ref|adwd|61}}
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[[Reach|The Reach]]
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*[[House Florent]]
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*[[House Fossoway of Cider Hall]]
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*[[House Fossoway of New Barrel]]
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*[[House Meadows]]
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*[[House Mullendore]]
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*[[House Varner]]
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*[[House Willum]]
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[[Salladhor Saan]]'s pirate fleet ([[Lys]]ene)<br>
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[[Myr]]ish sellsails
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| combatant1 = [[File:House Baratheon (King's Landing).svg|33px]] '''[[Iron Throne]]'''/ [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]:<br>
  
The '''Battle of the Blackwater''' was the largest conflict in the [[War of the Five Kings]]. The battle was fought between rebel forces loyal to [[Stannis Baratheon]] and royalist forces. Stannis' army was on the verge of defeating the garrison of King's Landing, but was taken by suprise and all but annihilated by the joint forces of [[Tywin Lannister]] and the [[House Tyrell|Tyrells]].
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'''King's Landing garrison:'''
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[[City Watch of King's Landing|Gold cloaks]]<br>
  
==Intro==
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[[Crownlands]]
===Dragonstone===
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*[[House Brune of Brownhollow]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
Stannis was one of the first members of [[Robert Baratheon|King Robert's]] Small Council to harbor suspicions of the parentage of the King's children, and to discover that they were born of incest between [[Cersei Lannister|Queen Cersei Lannister]] and her brother [[Jaime Lannister|Ser Jaime]]. Taking his suspicions and what proof he could muster, in the form of Robert's numerous bastard children, to [[Jon Arryn|Lord Arryn]], he hoped to convince the [[Hand of the King]], one of Robert's oldest and most trusted friends, of the Lannisters's treason. When Arryn died under suspicious circumstances shortly thereafter, Stannis fled to Dragonstone, his seat of power. Rallying what strength he could, with but few [[House Baratheon of Dragonstone#Sworn_to_Dragonstone|Houses sworn to Dragonstone]], he closed the port and its surrounding waters, hiring mercenaries and pirates of the [[Free Cities]] to augment his forces. As the lord of an island nation and the former Master of Ships, Stannis' naval power was considerable, but the sparse population of the rocky, volcanic islands surrounding Dragonstone left him without the strength to risk openly contesting the Lannisters.{{Ref|aCoK|Prologue}}{{Ref|aCoK|10}}
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*[[House Brune of the Dyre Den]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses|The Crownland Houses of Brune of the Dyre Den, Byrch, Hayford, Hogg, Rosby and Rykker are not directly mentioned at Blackwater, but as they are sworn directly to the Iron Throne, it is likely they took part in the battle or provided men to the City Watch.}}
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*[[House Byrch]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses}}
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*[[House Bywater]]{{ref|ASOS|19}}
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*[[House Harte]]{{ref|ASOS|67}}
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*[[House Hayford]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses}}
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*[[House Hogg]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses}}
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*[[House Kettleblack]]{{ref|ACOK|59}}
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*[[House Rosby]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses}}
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*[[House Rykker]]{{refn|group=N|name=CrownlandHouses}}
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*[[House Stokeworth]]{{ref|ACOK|57}}
  
After Robert died, Stannis presented his claims through letters distributed throughout the Seven Kingdoms, proclaiming [[Joffrey Baratheon|Prince Joffrey]] and his siblings the fruit of incest, and claiming the crown as Robert's eldest surviving brother and rightful heir. With neither proof, nor the support or love of nobles and commons alike, his proclamation ended as little more than tavern gossip.{{Ref|aCoK|10}}
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[[Vale mountain clans]]
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*[[Black Ears]]{{ref|ACOK|49}}
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*[[Burned Men]]{{ref|ACOK|49}}
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*[[Moon Brothers]]{{ref|ACOK|49}}
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*[[Stone Crows]]{{ref|ACOK|49}}
  
===Battling Renly===
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'''Relief force (late battle):'''
Even before Stannis' ravens had taken wing with his claim, his younger brother [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]] had ridden from King's Landing to [[Highgarden]], where he wed the daughter of [[Mace Tyrell|Lord Tyrell]] and claimed the crown for himself. For Stannis, this was blatant treason. What more, Stannis was infuriated with the knowledge that the [[the Stormlands]] had thrown in with Renly, despite the fact that Stannis, as the eldest son of House Baratheon, should have held claim to the loyalty of his House's ancestral seat. Unwilling to let such treachery pass, when Stannis at last set out from Dragonstone to war, he made not for King's Landing, but Storm's End.{{Ref|aCoK|22}}
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[[File:House Lannister.svg|30px]] [[Westerlands]], led by [[House Lannister]]
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*[[House Banefort]]
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*[[House Bettley]]
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*[[House Brax]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Crakehall]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Falwell]]
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*[[House Ferren]]
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*[[House Foote]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Kenning of Kayce]]
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*[[House Lannister of Lannisport]]
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*[[House Lefford]]
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*[[House Lydden]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Marbrand]]{{ref|ACOK|62}}{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Myatt]]
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*[[House Payne]]{{ref|ACOK|61}}
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*[[House Peckledon]]{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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*[[House Plumm]]
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*[[House Prester]]
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*[[House Sarsfield]]
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*[[House Serrett]]
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*[[House Stackspear]]
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*[[House Swyft]]
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*[[House Turnberry]]
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*[[House Yarwyck]]
  
Stannis laid siege to the coastal fortress, which was under the command of Ser [[Cortnay Penrose]], but all his might was but a meager thing against all the strength of storm and Reach at his brother's command. When Renly abandoned his march on King's Landing, bringing all his knights and mounted forces to lift the siege, Stannis was vastly outnumbered. However, before the battle could begin, Renly was slain by a shadow called forth by the woman [[Melisandre|Melisandre]], an Asshai'i Shadowbinder in Stannis' service.{{Ref|aCoK|33}}
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[[File:House Tyrell.svg|30px]] [[Reach|The Reach]], led by [[House Tyrell]]
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*[[House Ambrose]]
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*[[House Beesbury]]
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*[[House Blackbar]]
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*[[House Bulwer]]
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*[[House Bushy]]
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*[[House Caswell]]
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*[[House Costayne]]
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*[[House Cuy]]
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*[[House Dunn]]
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*[[House Footly]]
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*[[House Graceford]]
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*[[House Hightower]]
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*[[House Hunt]]
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*[[House Inchfield]]
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*[[House Leygood]]
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*[[House Merryweather]]
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*[[House Norcross]]
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*[[House Oakheart]]
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*[[House Peake]]
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*[[House Redwyne]]
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*[[House Rowan]]
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*[[House Shermer]]
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*[[House Tarly]]
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*[[House Webber]]
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*[[House Wythers]]
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| commander2 = '''Force on land:'''
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*[[File:House Baratheon (Dragonstone).svg|20px]] King [[Stannis Baratheon]]
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*[[File:House Morrigen.svg|20px]] Ser [[Guyard Morrigen]]†
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*[[File:The Bastard of Nightsong.png|20px]] Ser [[Rolland Storm]]
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'''Fleet:'''
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*[[File:House Florent.svg|20px]] Ser [[Imry Florent]]†
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*[[Salladhor Saan]]
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| commander1 =
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'''King's Landing garrison:'''
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*[[File:House Lannister (Tyrion).svg|20px]] Lord [[Tyrion Lannister]] (WIA)
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*[[File:City Watch.svg|20px]] Lord [[Jacelyn Bywater]]†
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*[[File:Kingsguard.svg|20px]] [[Sandor Clegane]]
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'''Relief force:'''
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*[[File:House Tyrell.svg|20px]] Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]
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*[[File:House Tyrell (Garlan).svg|20px]] Ser [[Garlan Tyrell]]
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*[[File:House Tarly.svg|20px]] Lord [[Randyll Tarly]]
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*[[File:House Lannister.svg|20px]] Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]
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| strength2 = '''Force on land:'''
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* ~16,400 cavalry mainly from the [[Reach]], and some from the [[Stormlands]] and [[Crownlands]]{{refn|group=N|Stannis originally had an army of five thousand men, but he claims to have twenty thousand men after Renly's death has caused a large part of his men to join Stannis. According to Davos, Stannis has “nearly twenty thousand” cavalry alone.{{ref|ACOK|58}} If true, this would mean Stannis had close to 25,000 soldiers in total, though Stannis claims to only have about 20,000 men immediately after Renly's death;{{ref|ACOK|42}} this would indicate that either Davos mistaken/rounding up, Stannis was rounding down, or that more men joined Stannis soon after he said he had 20,000. However, Tyrion states that four fifths of the cavalry present joined Stannis, which from a force of 20,000 would equate to 16,000 men, giving Stannis ~21,000 total when his original 5,000 are added, which lends credence to Stannis's figure ~20,000 being closer to the truth than Davos's ~25,000. Additionally, Stannis's force on land is referred to by Davos as being entirely mounted and making better pace than an infantry force as a result;{{ref|ACOK|58}} since Stannis's original host numbered 4,600 infantry and 400 cavalry{{ref|ACOK|22}} before being joined by ~16,000 of Renly's cavalry, this would mean his force on land totaled 16,400 soldiers, with his original infantry (mainly consisting of "companies of spearmen and archers",{{ref|ACOK|22}} as opposed to the knights and man-at-arms that make up the bulk of his main host) being confined to his ships.}}
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'''Fleet:'''
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* ~4,600 embarked infantry of Stannis's original host, from the [[crownlands]], [[Lys]], and [[Myr]]{{Ref|ACOK|31}}
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~200 ships:{{refn|group=N|Stannis' fleet consists of ten battlelines of twenty ships,{{ref|ACOK|58}} bringing the total amount of ship to two hundred.}}
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* 60 war galleys of the [[royal fleet]] and Crownlords{{refn|group=N|The first three lines of twenty are made up of Westerosi war galleys. Out of these sixty ships, at least nine are known to belong to the lords of the Narrow Sea (''[[Pride of Driftmark]]'', ''[[Bold Laughter]]'', ''[[Harridan]]'', and ''[[Seahorse]]'' from [[House Velaryon]]; ''[[Red Claw]]'' from [[House Celtigar]]; ''[[Swordfish]]'' from [[House Bar Emmon]]; ''[[Piety]]'', ''[[Prayer]]'', and ''[[Devotion]]'', commandeered from [[House Sunglass]]).}}
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* ~40 smaller Myrish sellsail war galleys{{ref|ACOK|17}}{{refn|group=N|name=Myrish|Described as a smaller contingent "the smaller, slower Myrish contingent".{{ref|ACOK|58}} As the fleet is stated in the same chapter to be divided into ten lines of twenty, this means the Myrmen have at most forty ships, but possibly as few as twenty.}}
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* ~80 commandeered transport vessels taken from traders (carracks and lumbering great cogs){{Ref|ACOK|58}}{{ref|ACOK|1}}
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* 25 Lysene pirate galleys{{refn|group=N|The Lyseni Salladhor Saan commands his ''[[Valyrian (ship)|Valyrian]]'' and two dozen smaller galleys.{{ref|ACOK|0}}}}
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| strength1 = '''King's Landing garrison:''' 7,000-8,000
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* 5,700 [[City Watch of King's Landing|gold cloaks]]{{refn|group=N|name=goldcloaks|The city watch contains six thousand men, although only two thousand of these, who had received their gold cloak from Robert, are seasoned men.{{Ref|ACOK|49}} Three hundred gold cloaks later escort Petyr Baelish to Bitterbridge,{{Ref|ACOK|36}} leaving only five thousand seven hundred.}}
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* ~800 sellswords{{Ref|acok|49}}
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*[[Stokeworth]] and [[Rosby]] contingents{{Ref|ACOK|49}}{{Ref|ACOK|57}}
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* 300 knights, squires and men-at-arms{{Ref|ACOK|49}}
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* 150 mountain clansmen (harassed Stannis's army during the march)
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* "Hundreds" of scorpions, catapaults, and ballistae manned by hundreds of engineers{{ref|ACOK|17}}
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'''Lannister navy:''' 57+ ships
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* 45 war galleys of the [[royal fleet]]{{refn|group=N|Stannis has ten lines of twenty ships, bringing his total to ~200; Stannis has four times more ships than Joffrey, giving Joffrey ~50 ships of the royal fleet. (The Baratheon forces would have no information regarding the trading vessels seized on Tyrion's command.) However, unbeknownst to Stannis and his men, five of these ships (''[[King Robert's Hammer]]'', ''[[Seaswift]]'', ''[[Lionstar]]'', ''[[Bold Wind]]'', and ''[[Lady Lyanna]]'') have departed King’s Landing long before to escort Myrcella to Braavos.{{Ref|ACOK|41}} When the Battle of the Blackwater takes place, they have not yet returned.{{Ref|ACOK|58}}}}
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* At least 12 vessels taken from traders{{Ref|ACOK|49}}
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* A "swarm" of hulks, barges, skiffs, ferries, wherries, and rowboats laden with [[wildfire]]{{Ref|AFFC|58}}
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'''Relief force:'''
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* ~50,000-70,000 Tyrell men{{refn|group=N|The host of [[Renly Baratheon]] is said to number a hundred thousand.{{ref|ACOK|17}} Renly himself claims to have eighty thousand with him at Bitterbridge, while another ten thousand are with Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] at Highgarden.{{Ref|ACOK|22}} The forces of House Tyrell make up the majority of Renly's forces. Catelyn Stark says that Renly's cavalry includes at least ten thousand heavy lancers,{{Ref|ACOK|33}} and that it accompanies him to Storm's End to lift the siege, while his foot, according to Stannis near sixty thousand strong,{{Ref|ACOK|42}} remains at Bitterbridge when Renly goes to lift the siege of Storm’s End. As Renly previously stated that the total of his men at Bitterbridge numbered eighty thousand, this would make his cavalry at Storm's End 20,000 strong. As only one fifth of Renly's knights did not join Stannis,{{Ref|ACOK|36}} Stannis would have gained ~16,000 troops, bringing his total force to ~21,000.<br>
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Of those who remain, some — chiefly those of [[House Florent]] — are put to death by Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] after Renly's death.{{Ref|ACOK|42}}{{Ref|ACOK|44}} As House Florent can field two thousand men at best,{{Ref|ACOK|0}} this would reduce Renly's foot to fifty-eight thousand at a minimum. A fifth of the knights that had accompanied Renly to Storm's End return to join the other forces from the Reach,{{Ref|ACOK|36}} but how many of his ten (of fifteen) thousand cavalry had been knights is unknown. Mace Tyrell's additional ten thousand at Highgarden would bring the total to ~70,000 soldiers from House Tyrell.
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<br>[[Petyr Baelish]] tells [[Joffrey Baratheon]]'s [[small council]] that Mace Tyrell can field fifty thousand swords.{{Ref|ACOK|36}} According to Tyrion Lannister, some fifty to seventy thousand [[House Tyrell|Tyrell soldiers]] are in the King's Landing vicinity after the Battle of the Blackwater.{{Ref|asos|38}}}}
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* ~20,000 Lannister men{{refn|group=N|Tywin's host originally is 20,000 men strong.{{Ref|agot|56}} Despite desertions and insurgency in the riverlands, and many minor sieges and skirmishes, he still has about the same number before the [[Battle of the Fords]].{{Ref|asos|45}} Despite casualties during the battle, Tywin is later said to have twenty thousand swords in King's Landing,{{Ref|asos|38}} suggesting he either gained men or did not lose a significant amount.}}
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| casualties2 = [[#Notable Casualties|See below]]
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* 130-140 ships burned or wrecked.
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* 30-40 war galleys scuttled upriver or harassing the Lannister-Tyrell supply lines, with no ability to link back to Stannis's remaining fleet
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* 47 Lesser lordlings killed{{Ref|ASOS|19}}
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* 619 knights killed{{Ref|ASOS|19}}
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* Several thousand men-at-arms killed{{Ref|ASOS|19}}
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* Several thousand men-at-arms left behind for lack of space on Saan's fleet{{ref|adwd|66}}
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* Most of the ~15,000 stormlanders and men of the Reach who had previously supported Renly abandoned Stannis{{Ref|ASOS|4}} by the hundreds{{Ref|ASOS|10}}
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| casualties1 = [[#Notable Casualties|See below]]
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'''King's Landing garrison:''' Heavy
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* 1,600 gold cloaks killed or deserted{{refn|group=N|Following the deaths from and the desertions during the battle, the city watch only contains some forty-four hundred men,{{Ref|ASOS|4}} where it had numbered six thousand before.{{Ref|acok|49}}}}
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* Majority of the sellswords and knights/men-at-arms killed{{refn|group=N|Sandor Clegane loses half his knights and sellswords.{{Ref|acok|59}} Tyrion Lannister leads another sally, which is nearly wiped out.{{Ref|acok|61}}}}
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'''King's Landing navy:''' Heavy
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* 39+ royal war galleys{{Ref|AFFC|17}} destroyed, associated crews and marines all killed
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* All hulks, barges, skiffs, ferries, wherries, and rowboats destroyed
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'''Relief force:''' Minimal
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}}
  
With Renly dead, the greater part of the knights and lords who had been sworn to him submitted to the last Baratheon, chiefly among them [[House Florent]], relatives of Stannis' wife. About a quarter of the forces did not submit, and fled under the command of [[Loras Tyrell|Ser Loras Tyrell]] back to [[Bitterbridge]], where almost 80,000 men of Renly's army waited with his widowed Queen.{{Ref|aCoK|36}}{{Ref|aCoK|44}}
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The '''Battle of the Blackwater'''{{ref|ASOS|16}} is the largest battle in the [[War of the Five Kings]]. The battle is fought between the forces loyal to [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]], the King on the [[Iron Throne]], and those loyal to [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis I Baratheon]], the King in the [[Narrow Sea]]. After [[Siege of Storm's End (299)#Regicide|eliminating]] his younger brother [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], a rival claimaint to the Iron Throne, Stannis gains the loyalty of nearly all of the [[Stormlands|Stormlords]] and [[Reach|Reach lords]] and advances on [[King's Landing]] by land and sea, intent on seizing the city and taking control of the Iron Throne.
  
 
==Prelude==
 
==Prelude==
Stannis' army now marched on King's Landing. Reinforced with the strength of the Stormlands, King Stannis now had almost twenty thousand men at his command, mostly knights and freeriders, against the few thousand gold cloaks of King's Landing's [[Gold Cloaks|City Watch]]. However, the city was guarded to the south by the [[Blackwater Rush]], and would require an amphibious assault to conquer. Stannis moved his host and fleet upon Kings Landing.
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Convinced that Joffrey Baratheon is not King [[Robert I Baratheon]]'s son, Stannis believes his claim to the [[Iron Throne]] is the true one. However, he lacks the strength to attack King's Landing, as few [[House Baratheon of Dragonstone#Sworn to Dragonstone|Houses are sworn to Dragonstone]] and the rocky, volcanic islands surrounding Dragonstone have a sparse population, and the men of the [[stormlands]] have given their support to his younger brother [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], the [[Lord of Storm's End]], who has proclaimed himself king as well. Additionally, Renly has taken [[Margaery Tyrell]] to wife, which has earned him the support of the men from the [[Reach]] as well.{{Ref|ACOK|Prologue}} On Dragonstone, the red priestess [[Melisandre]] tells Stannis of two futures she has seen in her flames; One in which Stannis is defeated in King's Landing by his brother Renly, and one in which he sails to Storm's End, where his brother shall die, and his men will flock to Stannis.{{Ref|ACOK|42}}
  
Treacherous waters and inclement weather delayed Stannis's fleet on its northward journey from Storm's End, they lost about a dozen ships and did not reach [[Blackwater Bay]] until the Stannis's host had already suffered days of harassment from Tyrion clansmen and skirmishers in the [[Kingswood]], and they would burn much of the Kingswood trying to ferret them out.{{Ref|aCoK|52}} Stannis commanded his troops on land and gives command of the fleet to Ser [[Imry Florent]], who commanded from his [[ships|galley]] the [[Fury]].
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[[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] arrives in the [[stormlands]] with his five thousand men and [[Siege of Storm's End (299)|lays siege]] to the coastal fortress [[Storm's End]], the seat of his younger brother, [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]].{{ref|ACOK|22}}{{Ref|ACOK|25}} Renly is at [[Bitterbridge]] with his army when news reaches his camp. He splits his forces and rides with some twenty thousand cavalry to Storm's End to break the siege.{{ref|ACOK|31}} After a failed parlay in which neither brother will yield, the battle is set at dawn.{{ref|ACOK|31}} However, that night Renly is killed by a [[shadow assassin]] summoned by [[Melisandre]].{{Ref|ACOK|33}} With Renly dead, the majority of the host that had accompanied him to Storm's End swears their allegiance to Stannis.{{ref|ACOK|36}} [[House Florent]] and both branches of [[House Fossoway]] also defect to Stannis, but a fifth of Renly’s knights returns to Bitterbridge with Ser [[Loras Tyrell]].{{ref|ACOK|36}} The siege continues, as Storm's End's castellan, Ser [[Cortnay Penrose]], refuses to yield the castle to Stannis{{ref|ACOK|36}} because he fears for the safety of King [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]]'s [[bastard]] son [[Edric Storm]].{{Ref|ACOK|42}} To end the siege quickly, Ser [[Davos Seaworth]] smuggles Melisandre under the castle by boat, where she summons another shadow to assassinate Cortnay.{{ref|ACOK|42}} After Cortnay's death, the castle yields, leaving Stannis free to advance on [[King's Landing]].{{ref|ACOK|44}}{{Ref|ACOK|45}}
  
<!-- Meanwhile King's Landing strengthened its defenses, doubling its city watch, burning the buildings outside the city walls and constructing a chain which would allow the defenders to close off the Blackwater Rush, as well as preparing ships loaded with wildfire.
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Sixty thousand men from Renly's army are still encamped at Bitterbridge, and when news of Renly's death reaches them,{{Ref|ACOK|42}} fighting breaks out between Stannis' supporters and Renly's loyalists led by the vengeful Loras Tyrell. [[Parmen Crane]] and [[Erren Florent]] &ndash; the two knights sent by Stannis to retrieve the army for him{{Ref|ACOK|42}} &ndash; are taken prisoner,{{Ref|ASOS|Appendix}} while Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] seizes the supplies and puts many men, mostly Florents, to death.{{ref|acok|44}} In [[King's Landing]], the [[small council]] of King Joffrey decides to attempt to make an alliance with [[House Tyrell]] by offering to marry Joffrey to Margaery. [[Petyr Baelish]], representing King Joffrey I,{{ref|ACOK|36}} travels to Bitterbridge and wins the allegiance of [[House Tyrell]]. Riders are sent north to warn Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] of Stannis's threat to the capital.{{ref|ASOS|14}}
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==The Battle==
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Meanwhile, [[Robb Stark]] attacks the [[westerlands]], hoping to lure Lord Tywin Lannister, who had been residing at [[Harrenhal]] with his twenty thousand men, away from [[King's Landing]] while King Stannis attacks the city from the south. Stannis's victory would mean the end of King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I]], Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], and acting [[Hand of the King|Hand]] [[Tyrion Lannister]], breaking Lannister power.{{Ref|ASOS|14}} Tywin begins his march west,{{Ref|ACOK|39}} but Lord [[Edmure Tully]], unaware of Robb's plan,{{Ref|ASOS|14}} refuses to allow the Lannisters to cross the [[Trident]] without [[Battle of the Fords|giving battle]] and places an army of eleven thousand men at the key fords along the [[Red Fork]].{{Ref|ACOK|39}} After several probing attacks, Lord Tywin attempts to force a crossing in a dozen places. Unable to cross the river, Tywin is forced to retreat.{{Ref|ACOK|45}} This delays Tywin just long enough for riders out of Bitterbridge to reach him with word of Stannis's threat to King's Landing.{{Ref|ASOS|14}}
===Battle on the River===
 
  
The fleet under the command of Ser [[Imry Florent]] sailed up the Blackwater Rush with almost all their strength. Confidence of their superior numbers, knowing that the fleet of King's Landing could not hope to contest them, not scouting ahead, they recklessly immediately attacked, leaving only a contingent of mercenary galleys led by [[Salladhor Saan]] as rear guard guard out in the bay. The fleet was organized into ten battle lines composed of twenty ships each. the first two lines were to smash the small royal fleet, while the remaining ships will land troops to attack the city.{{Ref|aCoK|58}}
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In preparation of the defense of King's Landing, [[Cersei Lannister]] has arranged for the production of vast amounts of [[wildfire]],{{Ref|ACOK|3}} while [[Tyrion Lannister]] has commissioned a great chain boom across the mouth of the [[Blackwater Rush]].{{Ref|ACOK|15}} The [[City Watch of King's Landing|City Watch]] is tripled in size,{{ref|acok|3}} sellswords are hired,{{ref|acok|8}} contingents of soldiers are send from [[Rosby]] and [[Stokeworth]],{{Ref|ACOK|49}}{{Ref|ACOK|57}} and hundreds of scorpions, spitfires, and catapults are constructed and placed on the walls.{{ref|acok|3}}{{ref|ACOK|31}} Tyrion further sends out his hundred and fifty [[Vale mountain clans]]men to harass Stannis' flanks and kill his scouts in the [[kingswood]].{{ref|acok|52}} Stannis's vanguard arrives at the city early, and Joffrey's war galleys are dispatched to exchange arrows with his forces. The vanguard is said to have five thousand men, flying the banners of Houses Fossoway, Estermont and Florent, under the command of Ser [[Guyard Morrigen]].{{Ref|aCoK|52}}
  
Their lack of caution proved disastrous when the royalists sprung a trap. When Stannis's fleet engaged with Joffrey's, they encounter ships loaded to bursting with [[wildfire]], a deadly accelerant , which burns even on water, spreading downstream it has soon engulfed in flames the closely packed ships of both fleets, which has no way to escape as their retreat is cut off by the massive chain that had been raised between two winch towers at the mouth of the river.  
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Treacherous waters and inclement weather delay Stannis's fleet on its northward journey from Storm's End. A dozen ships are lost on the journey to [[Blackwater Bay]]. Stannis gives command of the fleet to Ser [[Imry Florent]], who commands from Stannis's [[ships|galley]], the ''[[Fury]]''. Stannis himself is on the south side of the Blackwater with his host, making them create arrows and rafts.{{Ref|aCoK|58}}
  
The wildfire does a tremendous amount of damage destroying Joffrey's small fleet and large portion of stannis's. However, a few of Stannis's ships had escaped the conflagration, eight ships managed to land troops to the northern bank, and there are still forty or so galleys ready to row Stannis's main force across the river, while the congestion of wrecks caught on the chain had unwittingly provided a bridge - aflame, unstable, and treacherous though it may be - for the army to cross.{{Ref|aCoK|58}}
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==The Battle==
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[[File:King's Landing Map BattleoftheBlackwater.png|thumb|350px|Map of King's Landing during the Battle of the Blackwater<br>
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'' '''I.''' The [[Red Keep]]; '''II.''' [[Great Sept of Baelor]] upon [[Visenya's Hill]]; '''III.''' [[Dragonpit]] upon [[Rhaenys's Hill]]; '''IV.''' Western baracks of the [[City Watch]]; '''V.''' Eastern baracks of the [[City Watch]] ''
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<br>'''1.''' Stannis' fleet enters the river from Blackwater Bay; Only the ships of [[Salladhor Saan]] remain behind; '''2.''' Once the first lines have passed, the defenders of King's Landing begin raising the chain; By the time the entire fleet has passed, the chain has been raised completely; '''3.''' When Stannis' ships engage Joffrey's fleet, the ships are lit afire with [[wildfire]]; '''4.''' Skirmishes start in [[Flea Bottom]]; '''5.''' King [[Joffrey I Baratheon]] travels to the trebuchets ("the Whores") to launch the [[Antler Men]]; '''6.''' Survivors from Stannis' fleet land on the riverfront and take a ram to the King's Gate; 7. The burning and broken ships have pilled together, creating a bridge of ships allowing Stannis' vanguard to cross the river; '''8.''' An army of [[westermen]] and men from the [[Reach]] arrives to take the forces of Stannis Baratheon in the rear; '''9.''' Seeing the battle is lost, Salladhor Saan, who kept his ships in the bay, lands his ships, allowing Stannis and ~1500 men to retreat.]]
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===Battle on the River===
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The battle opens when Stannis's admiral, Ser [[Imry Florent]], leads Stannis' fleet up the river to engage Joffrey's ships. They enter visual range of the city in the late afternoon.{{Ref|ACOK|58}} Confident of his superior numbers, and knowing that the fleet of King's Landing cannot hope to contest them, Ser Imry does not send scouts ahead, and attacks immediately, leaving the [[Lysene]] galleys of [[Salladhor Saan]] as rearguard out in Blackwater Bay. The fleet is organized into ten battle lines composed of twenty ships each. The first three lines are made up of war galleys belonging to the royal navy and the lords of the narrow sea. Behind them sails the smaller [[Myr]]ish contingent, who are to land troops to attack the city, before joining the first three lines in battle. The smaller and slower sailed ships are to ferry Stannis's host.{{Ref|aCoK|58}} Ser [[Davos Seaworth]] realizes that the two watchtowers at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush are newly build, and he notices the chain in the water.{{ref|ACOK|58}} The fleet continues forward nonetheless. From within the city, pots of pitch are flung at the ships, and the trebuchets located within the city start to fling stones.{{Ref|ACOK|58}}
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[[File:Battle of the Blackwater.jpg|400px|thumb|The wildfire burns the Blackwater - by Amok ©]]
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[[Tyrion Lannister]] has ordered several of Joffrey's ships to be filled with wildfire. Stannis' fleet is lured further in the bay when Joffrey's pull back. When they engage the fleet of King's Landing, the ships and the river are soon afire. The wildfire destroys nearly every ship in both fleets. To their horror, the men on Stannis' ship discover that the great chain has been raised behind them, cutting off their retreat.{{Ref|ACOK|58}} However, as Ser Imry's first two battle lines had been well upstream of the fire when the hulks went up, some thirty or forty galleys are able to escape the inferno at first.{{Ref|ACOK|59}} Eight ships manage to land under the city walls and put men ashore, while many of the [[Myr]]men escape the flames by sailing for the south bank.{{Ref|ACOK|59}}
  
 
===Attack on King's Landing===
 
===Attack on King's Landing===
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The city itself is defended by some five thousand seven hundred [[gold cloaks]],{{refn|group=N|name=goldcloaks}} leavened with eight hundred mercenaries and three hundred knights, squires, and men-at-arms from the court and the surrounding [[crownlands]]. As acting [[Hand of the King]], command of the defense is taken by [[Tyrion Lannister]].{{Ref|aCoK|49}}
  
The city itself was defended by some 6,000 gold cloaks, leavened with a few hundred mercenaries and knights from the court and the surrounding region. As acting Hand of the King, command of the defense was given to [[Tyrion Lannister]].{{Ref|aCoK|49}}
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At the start of the battle, some small skirmishes arise within the city when some drunkards in [[Flea Bottom]] smash doors and climb into houses. Lord [[Jacelyn Bywater]] sends his gold cloaks to deal with them.{{Ref|ACOK|60}} When rich merchants and such gather in the square before the [[Red Keep]], asking for refuge in the castle, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister commands the gates be kept close.{{Ref|ACOK|60}}
  
To avoid being overwhelmed, Tyrion tasked several groups of mounted men-at-arms, along with what few knights the city had, to harry Stannis' forces as they came ashore. Under the command of [[Sandor Clegane]] and [[Balon Swann|Ser Balon Swann]] of the [[Kingsguard]], they managed to help stem the tide, but as the battle dragged on, they suffered grievous casualties. Battering rams had been brought to bear on at least two of the city's gates, and when the wildfire raging across the river finally robbed Clegane of his courage, the refusal of the fearsome Hound to lead any more sorties threatened to break the morale of the defenders.
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Tyrion tasks several groups of mounted men-at-arms, along with what few [[knight]]s the city has, to harry Stannis's forces as they come ashore. Under the command of [[Sandor Clegane]] and Ser [[Balon Swann]] of the [[Kingsguard]], they manage to help stem the tide, but as the battle drags on, they suffer grievous casualties. Tyrion and King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]] look on from the Mud Gate how the fleet goes up in flames. After King Joffrey leaves to shoot the [[Antler Men]] from [[Three Whores|the trebuchets]], guarded by Ser [[Meryn Trant]] and Ser [[Osmund Kettleblack]], Tyrion learns of Stannis' men having landed on the tourney grounds, who are preparing to ram the King's Gate. He arrives at the Mud Gate where Sandor Clegane, who had already led three sorties in which he has lost half his men, refuses to go out again. The [[wildfire]] raging across the river has robbed Clegane of his courage, and his refusal to lead any more sorties threatens to break the morale of the defenders. As they need to hold the river at all costs, Tyrion decides to lead the next sortie himself. Shamed into action by the dwarf's display of courage, several defenders gather to Tyrion's side.{{Ref|AGOT|59}}
  
Realizing that they had to drive off the rams and hold the river at all costs, Tyrion made to lead the next sortie himself. Shamed into action by the dwarf's display of courage, the Kingslanders rallied to clear the riverbank one last time; they managed to disperse the attackers and make for the Mud Gate.{{Ref|aCoK|59}} Tyrion took the fight to the riverfront as they observed a large group of Stannis's soldiers crossing over a bridge formed from the ship wreckage in the river. However, in the fighting amidst the wreckage of the collapsing bridge of boats, Tyrion was severely wounded in an assassination attempt at the hands of [[Mandon Moore|Ser Mandon Moore]] of the Kingsguard, who had been Tyrion's sworn shield throughout the battle.{{Ref|aCoK|61}}
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While Tyrion is leading the sortie at the King's Gate, the Mud Gate falls under attack as well.{{Ref|ACOK|60}} Queen Regent Cersei Lannister orders King Joffrey, who is still at the trebuchets near the gate, to be brought back to the castle.{{Ref|ACOK|60}} When the defenders see their king retire, their morale breaks and they begin throwing down their spears and flee by the hundreds, leaving the walls and killing their officers, including Ser [[Jacelyn Bywater]], in the process.{{Ref|ASOS|4}} Tyrion manages to disperse the attackers at the [[King's Gate]] and makes for the [[Mud Gate]]. When Ser [[Balon Swann]] points out that the galleys on the river which had smashed into each other have tangled together, creating a bridge of ships, which is being used by Stannis' boldest knights to cross the river, they take the fight to the riverfront.{{Ref|aCoK|61}} Tyrion eventually finds himself on the bridge of ships, when it is about to collapse. He is severely wounded by Ser [[Mandon Moore]] of the [[Kingsguard]], who had been Tyrion's sworn shield throughout the battle.{{Ref|aCoK|61}} Moore is killed by Tyrion's squire, [[Podrick Payne]].{{Ref|acok|61}}{{Ref|acok|67}}
  
After the loss of the Hand, the defenders retreated within the city walls, freeing Stannis to transport enough men over the river to assault the city in earnest. Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] fearing for her son had King Joffrey withdraw to the [[Red Keep]] from amongst the men{{Ref|aCoK|62}}; as soon as the defenders saw the king retire, their morale broke and they began throwing down their spears and fled by the hundreds leaving the walls, killing their commanders, including [[Jacelyn Bywater|Ser Jacelyn Bywater]], in the process. At this point the battle was seemed to be lost.{{Ref|aSoS|4}}
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With the bridge breaking up and their Hand lost in battle, the defenders retreat within the city walls.{{Ref|aSoS|4}} At this point, after only a few hours of resistance, the battle seems to be lost to Tyrion, though at this time he also sees Stannis's army seemingly fighting itself on the other side of the river.
  
===Arrival of Tywin Lannister===
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===Renly's ghost===
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Having learned of Stannis' approaching attack on King's Landing and the alliance between then Iron Throne and [[House Lannister]], Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] has marched his host south. Near the headwaters of the [[Blackwater Rush]] he joins up with Lords [[Mathis Rowan]] and [[Randyll Tarly]], from where they force a march to [[Tumbler's Falls]], where they find Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] and his sons wait with their huge host and a fleet of barges. Together, the Lannisters and Tyrells float down the river to disembark half a day's ride from the capital.{{Ref|ASOS|14}} They arrive at the battle scene at dusk,{{Ref|acok|61}} taking Stannis' army from the rear. Lord Tywin leads the right wing on the north side of the river, while Randyll Tarly commands the center and Mace Tyrell the left.{{Ref|ACOK|62}} However, it is their vanguard, led by Ser [[Garlan Tyrell]],{{Ref|ASOS|67}} which plunges through Stannis' army. Dressed in the recognizable armor of the deceased [[Renly Baratheon]], his former supporters, convinced their dead lord has returned, abandon Stannis.{{Ref|ACOK|62}} "Renly's shade" kills Ser [[Guyard Morrigen]], who leads Stannis' van.{{Ref|ACOK|62}}
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[[File:T Jedruszek DefendersOfKingsLanding.jpg|350px|thumb|right|Lannister soldiers defending King's Landing – by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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Seeing that the battle has turned bad, Salladhor Saan puts his ships, which had been kept out in the bay, in along the shore, taking as many people as will fit.{{Ref|asos|4}} [[Rolland Storm]] leads a rearguard action, allowing Stannis and several hundreds of his men, about half of Florents, to reach the ships.{{Ref|aSoS|54}} As Saan’s ship can only take a limited amount of men, thousands are left behind due to lack of space,{{Ref|adwd|66}} and towards the end, men begin to kill each other to get aboard and escape.{{Ref|asos|4}}
  
Though Stannis' army was still split across the Blackwater, victory was now within his grasp. Just as quickly as it had turned in his favor, however, it was torn away by the sudden appearance of royalist reinforcements on his flanks. Unknown to Stannis the Lannisters and the Tyrells had secured an alliance and Renly's former army has marched from Bitterbridge, uniting with Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] own host in the shadow of the Kingswood.{{Ref|aCoK|62}}
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==Aftermath==
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The Battle of the Blackwater is a major defeat for Stannis. He retreats to Dragonstone with only a fraction of his army, and only Saan’s ships.
  
Tyrion's wildlings in the Kingswood created a blind spot for Stannis, killing his outriders and scouts and allowed Tywin to take Stannis smaller and partially crossed host unaware from the rear. The van of Tywin army was led by [[Garlan Tyrell|Ser Garlan Tyrell]], dressed in the ornate and unmistakable armor of the late Renly Baratheon, leading to confusion and disorder amongst Stannis' ranks, and even stories that Renly had risen from the dead and fought as a ghost for Joffrey. Divided, surprised, and outnumbered, Stannis' host broke quickly, with many of his lords bannermen switching allegiance mid-battle, proving as fickle to Stannis as they had to the deceased Renly. A few hundred rebels, chiefly Florents, escaped, along with Stannis himself on the [[Lys]]ene galleys which had been left in Blackwater Bay while the rest of the fleet had burned.{{Ref|aSoS|4}}
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Most of those captured during the battle bend the knee to Joffrey, including men sworn to Dragonstone. During a court session, Ser [[Garlan Tyrell]] publicly asks Joffrey to take his sister Margaery to bride, and Joffrey, as previously agreed upon, fakes unwillingness to break his betrothal to [[Sansa Stark]] until the High Septon and small council agree that he is allowed to do so. Multiple honors and rewards are given to the participants and survivors of the battle by King Joffrey and his small council:
  
==Aftermath==
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* Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] is proclaimed ''"[[Savior of the City]]"'', and openly accepts the responsibility of the governance of the realm, officially resuming his office as [[Hand of the King]].{{Ref|acok|65}}
Despite Stannis survival, the battle was a decisive defeat for Stannis, he was able to retreat with only 2,000 swords and a token fleet to Dragonstone. The rest of the Stormlands declared for the Iron throne and with the newlly forged Tyrell alliance, the Lannisters control the whole south and west, commanding overwhelming superiority of numbers in the field. The end of the war now seems close.
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* Ser [[Loras Tyrell]] is given a place in the [[Kingsguard]], replacing Ser [[Mandon Moore]].
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* Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] is granted a seat on the [[small council]],{{Ref|acok|65}} as [[master of ships]].{{ref|asos|appendix}}
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* Ser [[Garlan Tyrell]], the titles, lands and incomes of [[House Florent]], including lordship of [[Brightwater Keep]].{{Ref|asos|19}}
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* Lords [[Mathis Rowan]] and [[Paxter Redwyne]] seats on the small council as advisers.{{Ref|asos|19}}
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* Ser [[Philip Foote]], the lands, rights and incomes of [[House Caron]], including Lordship of [[Nightsong]] as Lord Foote, for slaying Lord [[Bryce Caron]].{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* [[Lothor Brune]], raised to knighthood and granted land and keep in the [[riverlands]] for the capture of Ser [[Jon Fossoway]] and the slaying of Ser [[Bryan Fossoway|Bryan]] and Ser [[Edwyd Fossoway]] after fighting past half a hundred Fossoway men-at-arms.{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* [[Josmyn Peckledon]], a sword and suit of plate and a warhorse of the royal stables as well as a [[knight]]hood when coming of age, for killing two knights, wounding a third and capturing two more.{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* Goodman [[Willit]], a [[House Swyft|Swyft]] man-at-arms who saved his master [[Harys Swyft]] from beneath his dying horse and a dozen attackers. Granted a spear with a silver-banded haft, a hauberk of new-forged ringmail and a full helm with visor. His elder son taken as a squire and his younger one as page at [[Casterly Rock]].{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* [[Wisdom]] [[Hallyne]], raised to lordship, albeit without lands or castle.{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* Ser [[Lancel Lannister]], granted the lands, castle and rights of [[House Darry]] as Lord of [[Darry]].{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* Lord [[Petyr Baelish]], for his "faithful service to crown and realm", granted the castle of [[Harrenhal]] with all its attendant lands and incomes, and raised to [[Lord Paramount of the Trident]].{{Ref|acok|65}}
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* Surviving captains from Joffrey's warships ''[[River Arrow]]'', ''[[Wildwind]]'' and ''[[Prince Aemon]]'', and under officers from ''[[Godsgrace (ship)|Godsgrace]]'', ''[[Ramshead]]'', ''[[Lance]]'' and ''[[Lady of Silk]]'', honored by the crown.{{ref|ACOK|65}}
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* More than six hundred men are knighted by the [[Kingsguard]],{{Ref|acok|65}} including sellsword [[Bronn]], raised to [[knight]]hood as Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, and [[Osfryd Kettleblack|Osfryd]] and [[Osney Kettleblack]].{{Ref|asos|4}}
  
===Prisoners===
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==Hostages and casualties==
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[[File:John_Picacio_Tyrion.jpg‎|[[Tyrion Lannister]] during the Battle of the Blackwater ‎- © 2012 John Picacio|thumb|250px|right]]
* Lord [[Ardrian Celtigar]]
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===Hostages===
* Lord [[Alesander Staedmon]]
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* Lord [[Steffon Varner]]
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* Lord [[Ardrian Celtigar]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Eldon Estermont]]
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* Lord [[Alesander Staedmon]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Mark Mullendore]]
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* Lord [[Steffon Varner]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Tanton Fossoway]]
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* Lord [[House Willum|Willum]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Donnel Swann]]
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* Ser [[Eldon Estermont]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Ronnet Connington]]
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* Ser [[Mark Mullendore]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Jon Fossoway]]
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* Ser [[Tanton Fossoway]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Bonifer Hasty]]
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* Ser [[Donnel Swann]], gets ransomed and bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser [[Dermot|Dermot of the Rainwood]]
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* Ser [[Ronnet Connington]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* Ser  [[Timon|Timon the Scrapesword]]
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* Ser [[Jon Fossoway]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* [[Josua Willum]]
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* Ser [[Bonifer Hasty]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* [[Elyas Willum]]
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* Ser [[Dermot]] of the [[Rainwood]], bends the knee to Joffrey
* [[Aurane Waters]]
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* Ser  [[Timon]], "the Scrapesword", bends the knee to Joffrey
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* [[Josua Willum]], bends the knee to Joffrey
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* [[Elyas Willum]], bends the knee to Joffrey
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* [[Aurane Waters]], bends the knee to Joffrey
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* A bastard of [[House Florent]], remains defiant and is executed{{ref|acok|65}}
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* Ser [[Shadrich]] of the Shady Glen, ransoms himself
 
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===Casualties===
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====Lannister/Tyrell forces====
 
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====Stannis' forces====
 
====Stannis' forces====
 
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* Ser [[Bryan Fossoway]]
 
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* Ser [[Edwyd Fossoway]]
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* Ser [[Herbert Bolling]]
 
* [[Dale Seaworth]]
 
* [[Dale Seaworth]]
 
* [[Allard Seaworth]]
 
* [[Allard Seaworth]]
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* [[Maric Seaworth]]
 
* [[Matthos Seaworth]]
 
* [[Matthos Seaworth]]
* [[Maric Seaworth]]
 
 
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==Ships==
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===King Joffrey===
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{{quote|A wall of red-hot steel, blazing wood, and swirling [[wildfire|green flame]] stretched before him. The mouth of the [[Blackwater Rush]] had turned into the mouth of hell.{{ref|ACOK|58}}|[[Davos Seaworth]]'s thoughts}}
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{{Quote|We're delivered, [[Sansa Stark|sweetling]]! They came up the [[roseroad]] and along the riverbank, through all the fields [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] had burned, the ashes puffing up around their boots and turning all their armor grey, but oh! the banners must have been bright, the [[House Tyrell|golden rose]] and [[House Lannister|golden lion]] and all the others, the [[House Marbrand|Marbrand]] tree and the [[House Rowan|Rowan]], [[House Tarly|Tarly's]] huntsman and [[House Redwyne|Redwyne]] grapes and [[Arwyn Oakheart|Lady Oakheart's]] leaf. All the [[westermen]], all the power of [[Highgarden]] and [[Casterly Rock]]! [[Tywin Lannister|Lord Tywin]] himself had their right wing on the north side of the river, with [[Randyll Tarly]] commanding the center and [[Mace Tyrell]] the left, but the vanguard won the fight. They plunged through Stannis like a lance through a pumpkin, every man of them howling like some demon in steel. And do you know who led the vanguard? Do you? Do you? Do you? It was [[Renly Baratheon|Lord Renly]]! Lord Renly in his green armor, with the fires shimmering off his golden antlers! Lord Renly with his tall spear in his hand! They say he killed Ser [[Guyard Morrigen]] himself in single combat, and a dozen other great knights as well. It was Renly, it was Renly, it was Renly! Oh! the banners, darling Sansa! Oh! to be a knight!{{ref|acok|62}}|[[Dontos Hollard]] to [[Sansa Stark]]}}
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{{Quote|My hirelings betray me, my friends are scourged and shamed, and I lie here rotting. I thought I won the bloody battle. Is this what triumph tastes like?{{Ref|aSoS|4}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]]'s thoughts}}
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Battle of the Blackwater
T Jedruszek BattleoftheB ship.jpg
by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299 AC
Place mouth of the Blackwater Rush and King's Landing
Result Decisive victory for House Baratheon of King's Landing
Combatants
House Baratheon (King's Landing).svg Iron Throne/ House Baratheon of King's Landing:

King's Landing garrison: Gold cloaks

Crownlands

Vale mountain clans

Relief force (late battle): House Lannister.svg Westerlands, led by House Lannister

House Tyrell.svg The Reach, led by House Tyrell

House Baratheon (Dragonstone).svg House Baratheon of Dragonstone:

Crownlands

Stormlands

The Reach

Salladhor Saan's pirate fleet (Lysene)

Myrish sellsails
Commanders
King's Landing garrison:

Relief force:

Force on land:

Fleet:

The Battle of the Blackwater[44] is the largest battle in the War of the Five Kings. The battle is fought between the forces loyal to Joffrey I Baratheon, the King on the Iron Throne, and those loyal to Stannis I Baratheon, the King in the Narrow Sea. After eliminating his younger brother Renly, a rival claimaint to the Iron Throne, Stannis gains the loyalty of nearly all of the Stormlords and Reach lords and advances on King's Landing by land and sea, intent on seizing the city and taking control of the Iron Throne.

Prelude

Convinced that Joffrey Baratheon is not King Robert I Baratheon's son, Stannis believes his claim to the Iron Throne is the true one. However, he lacks the strength to attack King's Landing, as few Houses are sworn to Dragonstone and the rocky, volcanic islands surrounding Dragonstone have a sparse population, and the men of the stormlands have given their support to his younger brother Renly, the Lord of Storm's End, who has proclaimed himself king as well. Additionally, Renly has taken Margaery Tyrell to wife, which has earned him the support of the men from the Reach as well.[45] On Dragonstone, the red priestess Melisandre tells Stannis of two futures she has seen in her flames; One in which Stannis is defeated in King's Landing by his brother Renly, and one in which he sails to Storm's End, where his brother shall die, and his men will flock to Stannis.[17]

Stannis arrives in the stormlands with his five thousand men and lays siege to the coastal fortress Storm's End, the seat of his younger brother, Renly.[32][46] Renly is at Bitterbridge with his army when news reaches his camp. He splits his forces and rides with some twenty thousand cavalry to Storm's End to break the siege.[39] After a failed parlay in which neither brother will yield, the battle is set at dawn.[39] However, that night Renly is killed by a shadow assassin summoned by Melisandre.[33] With Renly dead, the majority of the host that had accompanied him to Storm's End swears their allegiance to Stannis.[28] House Florent and both branches of House Fossoway also defect to Stannis, but a fifth of Renly’s knights returns to Bitterbridge with Ser Loras Tyrell.[28] The siege continues, as Storm's End's castellan, Ser Cortnay Penrose, refuses to yield the castle to Stannis[28] because he fears for the safety of King Robert's bastard son Edric Storm.[17] To end the siege quickly, Ser Davos Seaworth smuggles Melisandre under the castle by boat, where she summons another shadow to assassinate Cortnay.[17] After Cortnay's death, the castle yields, leaving Stannis free to advance on King's Landing.[34][47]

Sixty thousand men from Renly's army are still encamped at Bitterbridge, and when news of Renly's death reaches them,[17] fighting breaks out between Stannis' supporters and Renly's loyalists led by the vengeful Loras Tyrell. Parmen Crane and Erren Florent – the two knights sent by Stannis to retrieve the army for him[17] – are taken prisoner,[21] while Lord Randyll Tarly seizes the supplies and puts many men, mostly Florents, to death.[34] In King's Landing, the small council of King Joffrey decides to attempt to make an alliance with House Tyrell by offering to marry Joffrey to Margaery. Petyr Baelish, representing King Joffrey I,[28] travels to Bitterbridge and wins the allegiance of House Tyrell. Riders are sent north to warn Lord Tywin Lannister of Stannis's threat to the capital.[48]

Meanwhile, Robb Stark attacks the westerlands, hoping to lure Lord Tywin Lannister, who had been residing at Harrenhal with his twenty thousand men, away from King's Landing while King Stannis attacks the city from the south. Stannis's victory would mean the end of King Joffrey I, Queen Cersei, and acting Hand Tyrion Lannister, breaking Lannister power.[48] Tywin begins his march west,[49] but Lord Edmure Tully, unaware of Robb's plan,[48] refuses to allow the Lannisters to cross the Trident without giving battle and places an army of eleven thousand men at the key fords along the Red Fork.[49] After several probing attacks, Lord Tywin attempts to force a crossing in a dozen places. Unable to cross the river, Tywin is forced to retreat.[47] This delays Tywin just long enough for riders out of Bitterbridge to reach him with word of Stannis's threat to King's Landing.[48]

In preparation of the defense of King's Landing, Cersei Lannister has arranged for the production of vast amounts of wildfire,[50] while Tyrion Lannister has commissioned a great chain boom across the mouth of the Blackwater Rush.[51] The City Watch is tripled in size,[50] sellswords are hired,[52] contingents of soldiers are send from Rosby and Stokeworth,[6][5] and hundreds of scorpions, spitfires, and catapults are constructed and placed on the walls.[50][39] Tyrion further sends out his hundred and fifty Vale mountain clansmen to harass Stannis' flanks and kill his scouts in the kingswood.[18] Stannis's vanguard arrives at the city early, and Joffrey's war galleys are dispatched to exchange arrows with his forces. The vanguard is said to have five thousand men, flying the banners of Houses Fossoway, Estermont and Florent, under the command of Ser Guyard Morrigen.[18]

Treacherous waters and inclement weather delay Stannis's fleet on its northward journey from Storm's End. A dozen ships are lost on the journey to Blackwater Bay. Stannis gives command of the fleet to Ser Imry Florent, who commands from Stannis's galley, the Fury. Stannis himself is on the south side of the Blackwater with his host, making them create arrows and rafts.[25]

The Battle

Map of King's Landing during the Battle of the Blackwater
I. The Red Keep; II. Great Sept of Baelor upon Visenya's Hill; III. Dragonpit upon Rhaenys's Hill; IV. Western baracks of the City Watch; V. Eastern baracks of the City Watch
1. Stannis' fleet enters the river from Blackwater Bay; Only the ships of Salladhor Saan remain behind; 2. Once the first lines have passed, the defenders of King's Landing begin raising the chain; By the time the entire fleet has passed, the chain has been raised completely; 3. When Stannis' ships engage Joffrey's fleet, the ships are lit afire with wildfire; 4. Skirmishes start in Flea Bottom; 5. King Joffrey I Baratheon travels to the trebuchets ("the Whores") to launch the Antler Men; 6. Survivors from Stannis' fleet land on the riverfront and take a ram to the King's Gate; 7. The burning and broken ships have pilled together, creating a bridge of ships allowing Stannis' vanguard to cross the river; 8. An army of westermen and men from the Reach arrives to take the forces of Stannis Baratheon in the rear; 9. Seeing the battle is lost, Salladhor Saan, who kept his ships in the bay, lands his ships, allowing Stannis and ~1500 men to retreat.

Battle on the River

The battle opens when Stannis's admiral, Ser Imry Florent, leads Stannis' fleet up the river to engage Joffrey's ships. They enter visual range of the city in the late afternoon.[25] Confident of his superior numbers, and knowing that the fleet of King's Landing cannot hope to contest them, Ser Imry does not send scouts ahead, and attacks immediately, leaving the Lysene galleys of Salladhor Saan as rearguard out in Blackwater Bay. The fleet is organized into ten battle lines composed of twenty ships each. The first three lines are made up of war galleys belonging to the royal navy and the lords of the narrow sea. Behind them sails the smaller Myrish contingent, who are to land troops to attack the city, before joining the first three lines in battle. The smaller and slower sailed ships are to ferry Stannis's host.[25] Ser Davos Seaworth realizes that the two watchtowers at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush are newly build, and he notices the chain in the water.[25] The fleet continues forward nonetheless. From within the city, pots of pitch are flung at the ships, and the trebuchets located within the city start to fling stones.[25]

The wildfire burns the Blackwater - by Amok ©

Tyrion Lannister has ordered several of Joffrey's ships to be filled with wildfire. Stannis' fleet is lured further in the bay when Joffrey's pull back. When they engage the fleet of King's Landing, the ships and the river are soon afire. The wildfire destroys nearly every ship in both fleets. To their horror, the men on Stannis' ship discover that the great chain has been raised behind them, cutting off their retreat.[25] However, as Ser Imry's first two battle lines had been well upstream of the fire when the hulks went up, some thirty or forty galleys are able to escape the inferno at first.[4] Eight ships manage to land under the city walls and put men ashore, while many of the Myrmen escape the flames by sailing for the south bank.[4]

Attack on King's Landing

The city itself is defended by some five thousand seven hundred gold cloaks,[N 2] leavened with eight hundred mercenaries and three hundred knights, squires, and men-at-arms from the court and the surrounding crownlands. As acting Hand of the King, command of the defense is taken by Tyrion Lannister.[6]

At the start of the battle, some small skirmishes arise within the city when some drunkards in Flea Bottom smash doors and climb into houses. Lord Jacelyn Bywater sends his gold cloaks to deal with them.[53] When rich merchants and such gather in the square before the Red Keep, asking for refuge in the castle, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister commands the gates be kept close.[53]

Tyrion tasks several groups of mounted men-at-arms, along with what few knights the city has, to harry Stannis's forces as they come ashore. Under the command of Sandor Clegane and Ser Balon Swann of the Kingsguard, they manage to help stem the tide, but as the battle drags on, they suffer grievous casualties. Tyrion and King Joffrey I Baratheon look on from the Mud Gate how the fleet goes up in flames. After King Joffrey leaves to shoot the Antler Men from the trebuchets, guarded by Ser Meryn Trant and Ser Osmund Kettleblack, Tyrion learns of Stannis' men having landed on the tourney grounds, who are preparing to ram the King's Gate. He arrives at the Mud Gate where Sandor Clegane, who had already led three sorties in which he has lost half his men, refuses to go out again. The wildfire raging across the river has robbed Clegane of his courage, and his refusal to lead any more sorties threatens to break the morale of the defenders. As they need to hold the river at all costs, Tyrion decides to lead the next sortie himself. Shamed into action by the dwarf's display of courage, several defenders gather to Tyrion's side.[54]

While Tyrion is leading the sortie at the King's Gate, the Mud Gate falls under attack as well.[53] Queen Regent Cersei Lannister orders King Joffrey, who is still at the trebuchets near the gate, to be brought back to the castle.[53] When the defenders see their king retire, their morale breaks and they begin throwing down their spears and flee by the hundreds, leaving the walls and killing their officers, including Ser Jacelyn Bywater, in the process.[41] Tyrion manages to disperse the attackers at the King's Gate and makes for the Mud Gate. When Ser Balon Swann points out that the galleys on the river which had smashed into each other have tangled together, creating a bridge of ships, which is being used by Stannis' boldest knights to cross the river, they take the fight to the riverfront.[8] Tyrion eventually finds himself on the bridge of ships, when it is about to collapse. He is severely wounded by Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard, who had been Tyrion's sworn shield throughout the battle.[8] Moore is killed by Tyrion's squire, Podrick Payne.[8][55]

With the bridge breaking up and their Hand lost in battle, the defenders retreat within the city walls.[41] At this point, after only a few hours of resistance, the battle seems to be lost to Tyrion, though at this time he also sees Stannis's army seemingly fighting itself on the other side of the river.

Renly's ghost

Having learned of Stannis' approaching attack on King's Landing and the alliance between then Iron Throne and House Lannister, Lord Tywin Lannister has marched his host south. Near the headwaters of the Blackwater Rush he joins up with Lords Mathis Rowan and Randyll Tarly, from where they force a march to Tumbler's Falls, where they find Lord Mace Tyrell and his sons wait with their huge host and a fleet of barges. Together, the Lannisters and Tyrells float down the river to disembark half a day's ride from the capital.[48] They arrive at the battle scene at dusk,[8] taking Stannis' army from the rear. Lord Tywin leads the right wing on the north side of the river, while Randyll Tarly commands the center and Mace Tyrell the left.[7] However, it is their vanguard, led by Ser Garlan Tyrell,[3] which plunges through Stannis' army. Dressed in the recognizable armor of the deceased Renly Baratheon, his former supporters, convinced their dead lord has returned, abandon Stannis.[7] "Renly's shade" kills Ser Guyard Morrigen, who leads Stannis' van.[7]

Lannister soldiers defending King's Landing – by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games

Seeing that the battle has turned bad, Salladhor Saan puts his ships, which had been kept out in the bay, in along the shore, taking as many people as will fit.[41] Rolland Storm leads a rearguard action, allowing Stannis and several hundreds of his men, about half of Florents, to reach the ships.[20] As Saan’s ship can only take a limited amount of men, thousands are left behind due to lack of space,[43] and towards the end, men begin to kill each other to get aboard and escape.[41]

Aftermath

The Battle of the Blackwater is a major defeat for Stannis. He retreats to Dragonstone with only a fraction of his army, and only Saan’s ships.

Most of those captured during the battle bend the knee to Joffrey, including men sworn to Dragonstone. During a court session, Ser Garlan Tyrell publicly asks Joffrey to take his sister Margaery to bride, and Joffrey, as previously agreed upon, fakes unwillingness to break his betrothal to Sansa Stark until the High Septon and small council agree that he is allowed to do so. Multiple honors and rewards are given to the participants and survivors of the battle by King Joffrey and his small council:

Hostages and casualties

Tyrion Lannister during the Battle of the Blackwater ‎- © 2012 John Picacio

Hostages

Notable Casualties

Lannister/Tyrell forces

Stannis' forces

Ships

King Joffrey

King Stannis

Quotes

A wall of red-hot steel, blazing wood, and swirling green flame stretched before him. The mouth of the Blackwater Rush had turned into the mouth of hell.[25]

Davos Seaworth's thoughts

We're delivered, sweetling! They came up the roseroad and along the riverbank, through all the fields Stannis had burned, the ashes puffing up around their boots and turning all their armor grey, but oh! the banners must have been bright, the golden rose and golden lion and all the others, the Marbrand tree and the Rowan, Tarly's huntsman and Redwyne grapes and Lady Oakheart's leaf. All the westermen, all the power of Highgarden and Casterly Rock! Lord Tywin himself had their right wing on the north side of the river, with Randyll Tarly commanding the center and Mace Tyrell the left, but the vanguard won the fight. They plunged through Stannis like a lance through a pumpkin, every man of them howling like some demon in steel. And do you know who led the vanguard? Do you? Do you? Do you? It was Lord Renly! Lord Renly in his green armor, with the fires shimmering off his golden antlers! Lord Renly with his tall spear in his hand! They say he killed Ser Guyard Morrigen himself in single combat, and a dozen other great knights as well. It was Renly, it was Renly, it was Renly! Oh! the banners, darling Sansa! Oh! to be a knight![7]

My hirelings betray me, my friends are scourged and shamed, and I lie here rotting. I thought I won the bloody battle. Is this what triumph tastes like?[41]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

That chain of yours, that was cunning.[2]

Mace Tyrell to Tyrion Lannister

Too many good men died that day.[43]

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Crownland Houses of Brune of the Dyre Den, Byrch, Hayford, Hogg, Rosby and Rykker are not directly mentioned at Blackwater, but as they are sworn directly to the Iron Throne, it is likely they took part in the battle or provided men to the City Watch.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The city watch contains six thousand men, although only two thousand of these, who had received their gold cloak from Robert, are seasoned men.[6] Three hundred gold cloaks later escort Petyr Baelish to Bitterbridge,[28] leaving only five thousand seven hundred.
  3. Stannis has ten lines of twenty ships, bringing his total to ~200; Stannis has four times more ships than Joffrey, giving Joffrey ~50 ships of the royal fleet. (The Baratheon forces would have no information regarding the trading vessels seized on Tyrion's command.) However, unbeknownst to Stannis and his men, five of these ships (King Robert's Hammer, Seaswift, Lionstar, Bold Wind, and Lady Lyanna) have departed King’s Landing long before to escort Myrcella to Braavos.[30] When the Battle of the Blackwater takes place, they have not yet returned.[25]
  4. The host of Renly Baratheon is said to number a hundred thousand.[29] Renly himself claims to have eighty thousand with him at Bitterbridge, while another ten thousand are with Lord Mace Tyrell at Highgarden.[32] The forces of House Tyrell make up the majority of Renly's forces. Catelyn Stark says that Renly's cavalry includes at least ten thousand heavy lancers,[33] and that it accompanies him to Storm's End to lift the siege, while his foot, according to Stannis near sixty thousand strong,[17] remains at Bitterbridge when Renly goes to lift the siege of Storm’s End. As Renly previously stated that the total of his men at Bitterbridge numbered eighty thousand, this would make his cavalry at Storm's End 20,000 strong. As only one fifth of Renly's knights did not join Stannis,[28] Stannis would have gained ~16,000 troops, bringing his total force to ~21,000.
    Of those who remain, some — chiefly those of House Florent — are put to death by Lord Randyll Tarly after Renly's death.[17][34] As House Florent can field two thousand men at best,[35] this would reduce Renly's foot to fifty-eight thousand at a minimum. A fifth of the knights that had accompanied Renly to Storm's End return to join the other forces from the Reach,[28] but how many of his ten (of fifteen) thousand cavalry had been knights is unknown. Mace Tyrell's additional ten thousand at Highgarden would bring the total to ~70,000 soldiers from House Tyrell.
    Petyr Baelish tells Joffrey Baratheon's small council that Mace Tyrell can field fifty thousand swords.[28] According to Tyrion Lannister, some fifty to seventy thousand Tyrell soldiers are in the King's Landing vicinity after the Battle of the Blackwater.[36]
  5. Tywin's host originally is 20,000 men strong.[37] Despite desertions and insurgency in the riverlands, and many minor sieges and skirmishes, he still has about the same number before the Battle of the Fords.[38] Despite casualties during the battle, Tywin is later said to have twenty thousand swords in King's Landing,[36] suggesting he either gained men or did not lose a significant amount.
  6. Stannis originally had an army of five thousand men, but he claims to have twenty thousand men after Renly's death has caused a large part of his men to join Stannis. According to Davos, Stannis has “nearly twenty thousand” cavalry alone.[25] If true, this would mean Stannis had close to 25,000 soldiers in total, though Stannis claims to only have about 20,000 men immediately after Renly's death;[17] this would indicate that either Davos mistaken/rounding up, Stannis was rounding down, or that more men joined Stannis soon after he said he had 20,000. However, Tyrion states that four fifths of the cavalry present joined Stannis, which from a force of 20,000 would equate to 16,000 men, giving Stannis ~21,000 total when his original 5,000 are added, which lends credence to Stannis's figure ~20,000 being closer to the truth than Davos's ~25,000. Additionally, Stannis's force on land is referred to by Davos as being entirely mounted and making better pace than an infantry force as a result;[25] since Stannis's original host numbered 4,600 infantry and 400 cavalry[32] before being joined by ~16,000 of Renly's cavalry, this would mean his force on land totaled 16,400 soldiers, with his original infantry (mainly consisting of "companies of spearmen and archers",[32] as opposed to the knights and man-at-arms that make up the bulk of his main host) being confined to his ships.
  7. Stannis' fleet consists of ten battlelines of twenty ships,[25] bringing the total amount of ship to two hundred.
  8. The first three lines of twenty are made up of Westerosi war galleys. Out of these sixty ships, at least nine are known to belong to the lords of the Narrow Sea (Pride of Driftmark, Bold Laughter, Harridan, and Seahorse from House Velaryon; Red Claw from House Celtigar; Swordfish from House Bar Emmon; Piety, Prayer, and Devotion, commandeered from House Sunglass).
  9. Described as a smaller contingent "the smaller, slower Myrish contingent".[25] As the fleet is stated in the same chapter to be divided into ten lines of twenty, this means the Myrmen have at most forty ships, but possibly as few as twenty.
  10. The Lyseni Salladhor Saan commands his Valyrian and two dozen smaller galleys.[35]
  11. Following the deaths from and the desertions during the battle, the city watch only contains some forty-four hundred men,[41] where it had numbered six thousand before.[6]
  12. Sandor Clegane loses half his knights and sellswords.[4] Tyrion Lannister leads another sally, which is nearly wiped out.[8]

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  33. 33.0 33.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  35. 35.0 35.1 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  36. 36.0 36.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  37. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  38. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  40. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 1, Arya I.
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  42. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
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  49. 49.0 49.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  51. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
  52. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
  54. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
  55. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 67, Tyrion XV.